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August 2016

Vicious - Review by Becca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 27-Aug-16 12:20
Described in one word, Vicious, by V. E. Schwab, is absolutely thrilling. It’s terrifying and brilliant and beautifully written and horrible, but above all, it’s so incredibly thrilling. The plot was fast-paced and intense, the characters intricate and amazing—the recipe for a perfectly vicious new adult fantasy read. [Discover Catalogue - Vicious] We start off with two students, Eli Cardale and Victor Vale, almost through with their senior year of college. They’re roommates, friends, but above all, rivals. For them, everything is a competition—who has the best grades, who can win over Angie, the bright, pretty engineering student—the list goes on. Right now Eli is winning in all of those categories, and that plants the seeds of resentment, jealousy, and bitterness in their relationship that will seem to drive Victor throughout the novel.
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Name of the Star - Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on 17-Aug-16 10:05
London 1888, Whitechapel district, five women brutally mutilated and murdered and one unidentified serial killer on the loose. The Name of the Star is who you seek. [Discover Catalogue - The Name of The Star] Jack the Ripper is the infamous serial killer of the London Whitechapel murders of 1888 who, to this day, is still unidentified and therefore considered one of London’s greatest mysteries. Throughout the years of 1888 to 1891 Mr. Ripper had established his name through the inhumane methods used to attack his victims. His actions were greatly recognized throughout the city of London and several forms of media, most particularly the Star newspaper, which had taken an interest into finding out who Mr. Ripper was and the motives behind the diabolical killer. Nothing was found and now it may be too late to ever find out who was the face behind the name.
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Red Queen - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-Aug-16 10:48
“In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don't believe that. The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.” - Mare Barrow Mare Barrow lives in a world, where people are categorized by the colour of their blood. You either have a magical talent and bleed silver blood, or a misfortunate, cursed life because of the red blood that pumps through your veins. Silver bloods are the gods: the kings and queens, the princes and princesses, the royalty, elites and nobles. From the moment they were born they lived a luxurious life in the clouds. They are the gods and because of their blood they rule Mare Barrow’s world. Mare was born to red-blooded family; she lives in a poverty stricken village with all the other Reds. She is soon turning 18, and with the celebration of entering adulthood also comes conscription. The Silvers are at war with the Lakelanders; the Silvers use the red blood of innocent fallen soldiers to fuel this never ending war. As her birthday gets closer and her plans for escape fail, Mare loses hope and becomes miserable, accepting the fact that she will be taken from her family and forced to fight in the war like her three brothers.
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Strong Female Protagonist - Review by Emma, Teen Blogger

Posted on 05-Aug-16 08:56
Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag is a complex yet enjoyable story about being a superhero. Strong Female Protagonist follows Alison Green, a girl who discovered her superpowers when she was fourteen. Alison spent her teenage years fighting crime, under the alias Mega Girl. But now Alison is twenty, and no longer a crime-fighting hero. Instead, Alison is worrying about college and struggling to get her exams done. But school is not the reason she stopped.
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Healing The Earth Part 2: Dive! - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on 03-Aug-16 08:36
“Eating food out of a dumpster is repulsive to most people, but there is a certain beauty seeing garbage transformed to a meal with friends, and even better than meals that we could afford to buy.” - Jeremy Seifert Dive: Living off America’s Waste is an hour-long documentary by Jeremy Seifert that reveals the shocking secret that lies in the dumpsters of big corporations and the constantly growing food industry. Focused on educating our generation on food waste and how it really impacts our world, director/producer Jeremy Seifert shares the story of his radical but astounding lifestyle in hopes of inspiring a more food aware/concerned nation in the future. Before watching this documentary I had watched a couple of documentaries and read a couple book concerning the topic of food waste but Dive! took a different, inviting and engaging approach to presenting the information. Watching Dive! I did not have high hopes for the film since I had not heard many things about the director/filmmaker Jeremy Seifert, but it had won a couple of awards: when it premiered in October 2009 at the Gig Harbour Film Festival, it won the Audience Choice Award, and through the years it has gone on to win awards at many other film festivals, including Best Documentary at the DC Independent Film Festival and Best Film at the Dutch Environmental Film Festival.
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